I read Paranormalcy by Kiersten White in March, and I still remember the delicious tension of being gripped in a story that I couldn’t put down. I pretty much stayed up all night reading it, alternately laughing and gasping to myself.
When I got the sequel, Supernaturally, I screamed, waved the book around in a roaring triumph, clipped myself in the head with it, and then became about as useful and communicative as a log once I turned to the first page. My family tiptoed around me all evening until I finished it. The humor and creepy suspense from the first book? Check, and check—all still here.
In Supernaturally, Evie finally gets the normalcy that she craved and fought for in Paranormalcy. Her shapeshifter boyfriend, Lend, is in college. She’s in high school, suffering through PE, marveling at having a locker (the ultimate status symbol of normal life), and working an after-school job at the diner. Only, it’s a little too normal. In fact, normal looks a lot like boring.
So when her former employer Raquel drops in with an offer to be a contract employee for the International Paranormal Containment Agency (IPCA), Evie re-joins the organization she left, with some reservations. A lot of changes have taken place at IPCA, one of the huge ones being IPCA’s new teenage star: Jack, a human boy who can use the faerie paths and Evie’s new partner. (I dare you not to love Jack. He’s mischievous, audacious, and cocky.) Evie quickly finds herself embroiled in missions that go wrong, badly, while her normal town suddenly sees an influx of paranormals gathering at the diner she still works at.
Reth is conspicuously absent in this second book, but he still appears for just long enough to completely trainwreck Evie’s life, you know, no big thing. In this case, Reth springs a shattering revelation on Evie, shedding light on her mysterious past.
Evie remains one of my favorite characters. Even with all her paranormal problems, I’ve always felt like I’m able to relate to her. I love her sassiness and her wit; her inner voice never fails to crack me up. She’s all about kicking ass, but she has moments of vulnerability—like when she admits to herself that she misses being special, something she has to hide in the real world.
One of my favorite quotes from the book sums up why I love Evie so much: I would make this life what I wanted it to be. Screw Reth—I’d be happy. I was going to have my cake and eat it, too. Or rather, be normal and have my paranormal, too. I was special; why pretend otherwise?
Lee likes all things spy, smelling books, and is almost always craving a cheeseburger. She tweets from @lkyim about reading books NOT assigned for class. Also she likes Greek mythology. And dogs.